Candling Goose Eggs? When, What Should They Look Like??.............

Discussion in 'Geese' started by TarHeelBlue, May 21, 2011.

  1. TarHeelBlue

    TarHeelBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I purchased some Pilgrim goose eggs last weekend. Put them in the incubator on Sunday evening. (May 15) I've never tried this before - soooooo when do you candle them and what should they look like?? In other words, if they are fertile, when will I see some growth? [​IMG]
     
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Since they take 28 days to hatch (instead of the 21 days for chicken eggs), I would candle them around day 10. You should see veins and maybe some movement by then.

    Another thing that helps is if you lightly mist them with lukewarm water once a day.
     
  3. Duckles

    Duckles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pete55 has a great thread about incubation that includes lots of candling pictures

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=472851

    Also, if you go to the top of the geese page there is a "sticky" thread which has more information and a great picture of a candling an internally pipped egg.

    Good luck!!
     
  4. cracking up

    cracking up Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm guessing they're not shipped eggs, but you might want to candle just to make sure the air cell is intact. If it's loose there are things you can do to give it a better chance.
     
  5. TarHeelBlue

    TarHeelBlue Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For once, I did buy these locally. Don't know how they got to the auction, but carefully taken home!
     
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    cracking up Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's great. My local eggs have done great but this year every shipped egg has been rattled. Finally getting a few good hatches with careful incubating. I've gotten used to candling before I set them.

    You might be able to see veins by now.
     
  7. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi

    Duckles has provided a link to a previous thread to guide you with candling. If you click below my avatar on 'View My BYC Page' then there are other helpful incubation links there.

    Good luck

    Pete [​IMG]
     
  8. animaladdictions

    animaladdictions Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pete 55 has the BEST goose egg candling thread on the web IMHO![​IMG] Just follow the link above to see some outstanding and clear candling pics. I started to see a faint dark spot in some of my eggs at five and six days, but I recommend waiting till at least day 10 before throwing any out. I've even held off till day 14 before removing infertiles, just to be EXTRA SPECIALLY SURE! But that's just me. [​IMG]
     
  9. Flutegirl0327

    Flutegirl0327 New Egg

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    I found an egg at the park and I don't know what it's supposed to look like. I've had it for three days now. I tried candling it but all I see is this dark strip through the middle and the sides are clear... I don't know if it's still good or not.
     

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